Augusto Farfus insists he has nothing to lose as he prepares for the final rounds of the World Touring Car Championship next weekend in Macau.
The BMW Team Germany driver goes into the weekend as one of three drivers still in contention for the crown, but is the rank outside as he sits 13 points behind Gabriele Tarquini with just 20 points to play for.
With that in mind, the Brazilian admitted it wouldn't be an easy task to steal the title away from SEAT but said he would be pushing hard to lift the crown for the first time.
“Firstly, I am happy to go into the finale with a chance of winning the World Championship title,” he said. “The situation in the Manufacturers' Championship is even closer. BMW and I will do everything in our power to win both titles in Macau and bring them back to Munich. We are realistic enough to know that this will by no means be easy. Personally, however, I have nothing to lose and will give it my very best shot.”
Next weekend won't be the first time Farfus has been in contention for the title in Macau having led the way heading to the Chinese enclave back in 2006, but he insisted that – even if he needs luck on his side – he was better placed to fight for victory this time around.
“It was a different situation when I still had a chance of winning the title back then with Alfa Romeo,” he said. “I had to race with 70 kilograms of handicap weight, which meant I was not as competitive in Macau as I needed to be. This time all title contenders will start with 40 kilograms.
“I am convinced we can mix it with SEAT on the track and use our own power to challenge for victories. Of course we will also need a bit of luck to come out on top. This has little in common with the situation three years ago. This time I am not going into battle with a blunt weapon.”